From fermented food to fermented skincare
Fermentation has been around for centuries now. Back then it was a way to preserve food. Nowadays in the likes of kimchi and sauerkraut, fermented foods have become more and more popular among foodies. Fermented foods go through a process called lacto fermentation in which natural bacteria feed on starch and sugar present in the food and converting it into lactic acid. The latter produces beneficial enzymes and vitamins to aid digestion and facilitate absorption of nutrients.
Now imagine this process in Skincare products... Just as in fermented foods, fermentation in the nutrients present in skincare ingredients makes them more concentrated and easily absorbed. Often used, fermented yeast extract will produce amino acids and peptides that will aid skin's cell renewal.
Manyo factory galactomyces niacin special treatment essence
Here I am introducing you one of my HG product from Manyo Factory: their Galactomyces Niacin Special treatment essence.
Established in 2012, Manyo Factory is a Korean cosmetic brand that uses natural, organic and botanical ingredients. All Manyo Factory ingredients have been certified by USDA, Ellead Eco cert and German certification and each product has been tested and certified by a dedicated team of dermatologists.
The ingredient's list is pretty short and sweet:
Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate.
The essence contains an impressive 97% Galactomyces extract, a fermented yeast filtrate (I would advise to test patch it before applying all over your face in case your skin reacts to fermented ingredients). Galactomyces is a powerful antioxidant as well as being super moisturising, it helps to evening out skin tone, reduces the appearance of fine lines and slows down the ageing process by fighting free radicals.
Niacinamide is another skin loving ingredient and although the essence only contains 2% of it, Niacinamide is known for its anti inflammatory properties and combined with Galactomyces, it will help improve your skin elasticity and strengthen its protective barrier.
Zanthoxylum Piperitum is a type of Japanese pepper known for its anti ageing properties.
Pulsatilla Koreana Extract is anti inflammatory and anti microbial which helps fight and prevent infections.
Usnea Barbata Extract acts as a natural preservative in skincare. Also known as "old man's beard", it also acts as natural antibacterial with antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
Hamamelis Virginiana Extract or more commonly known as witch hazel is a natural astringent and acne prone skin's best friend by removing excess oil as well as healing and soothing skin.
I tend to like clear packaging with clear product inside and the essence ticks the boxes in both. It comes in a typical dropper style applicator bottle with the tip of the dropper slightly slanted. The essence is quite watery with an oily feel but it applies wonderfully and leaves no residue in the skin. Because of its texture, it gets absorbed very quickly and feels very light.
Depending on your skin type, it is recommended to use 6-7 drops for dry/ very dry skin and 4-5 drops for normal/oily skin. Warm your palms together and apply a few drops and gently tap onto skin using circular motion.
I use about 3-4 drops of essence which I feel is enough for my skin type. After the first few days, I could already noticed improvement in my skin's texture.
On the bottle, it claims to effectively repair your skin in 3 steps:
STEP 1: Skin texture improve
How the Galactomyces Ferment filtrate works its magic to improve the appearance of your skin by fading dark spots, nourish its deepest layers and strengthen skin barrier.
STEP 2: Trouble control
Excess oil, acne, dry patch, dark spots... The plants extract have anti bacterial, anti inflammatory and anti fungal properties to help your skin fight against infection and prevent skin damage.
STEP 3: Brilliant brightening
Moisturised skin, tighter pores and clearer complexion in matter of days.
The essence is great for layering and any skin's type will love its texture. I found the product quite versatile and easy to adapt it into my routine.
Some essence can feel quite greasy and doesn't blend as well but this can be used at the beginning or end of your routine. It didn't irritate my skin even after a break out or when my skin felt quite sensitive, I found it very soothing and hydrating enough that sometimes I didn't need more products after it. My skin felt smooth and revitalised.
SKINCARE TIP: Use the essence before your sheet mask. It really helps the essence absorb better into skin and the result are even more noticeable.
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